About Africatown

Africatown is designed to become an economic development initiative to create jobs, for our youth, in Southwest Philadelphia, increase business ownership among the residents of the community and eliminate poverty in one of the most economically depressed communities in Philadelphia. To accomplish these objectives, Africatown, being developed in the community will become a "Tourist Destination Point " for the global African diaspora and other interested persons. Most of the infrastructure already exist in the southwest community, in which Africatown will be situated. Most important are the nearly 500 businesses owned by immigrants that live and work in the community. To accommodate the thousands of new visitors to southwest, additional infrastructure will be required, and several buildings will be proposed to attract businesses, tourist, and shoppers to patronize the many immigrant businesses on the commercial corridors in Africatown.

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Africatown Launch Ceremony

Project launch and presentation of a check by Councilmen Kenyatta Johnson

Africatown Launch Ceremony

Philadelphia City Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson, Second District presented a $125,000 check to the African Cultural Alliance of North America (ACANA) on Friday, May 21, to help with the planning and design of a future “Africatown” in Southwest Philadelphia.

“Creating a section of Philadelphia that honors and celebrates the contributions of Africans and Caribbean people in Philadelphia is a good thing, and I am happy to have been able to find financial support from the City of Philadelphia for ACANA’s Africa Town Project,” Johnson said.